Secret ticket giveaway

Virgin Atlantic Airways will give away a pair of round-trip economy-class tickets between Tokyo and London to the person who submits the “best secret spot in the U.K.” as a contribution to the company’s “Secret U.K. Guide.”

The campaign runs through Feb. 28. Virgin Atlantic Airways accepts secret spot ideas, which can be touristic spots, hotels, restaurants, markets, shops, gardens, sports and other entertainment, via the Internet.

The airline is putting together the “Secret U.K. Guide,” which will be created through user participation. On Nov. 28, it put up the guide on its website, where its employees and other people who love the U.K. can provide information about secret spots that are not introduced in usual guide books.

To apply for the free tickets, visit www.virginatlantic.co.jp/secretuk and post secret spot ideas via Facebook or Twitter. The application is allowed only from PCs.

Virgin Atlantic Airways has provided information on recommended spots and other new information via the “Let’s go to the U.K.” column and “Blog V” written by Japanese living in the U.K. In addition to those, the company is trying to have better information on U.K. tourism spots by creating a space for people to share information.

SAS special winter fares

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is offering discounts for tickets from Narita airport to more than 40 places in Europe for economy-extra-class through Jan. 31.

Economy-extra-class is between the economy and business classes. The price for a round trip between Narita airport and Copenhagen is ¥201,870, including tax and fuel surcharge, during the period. Between Narita and other places in Europe, including Stockholm, Paris, Berlin and London, prices are roughly from ¥200,000 to ¥230,000.

Passengers in economy-extra-class can check in at business-class-only counters. The seating arrangement is more spacious, with two seats on both sides and three in the center. Seats are wider than those in economy-class. They have video-on-demand service and power sources for PCs.

Food in the economy-extra-class is served with top-brand Scandinavian tableware. Amenity kits for economy-extra-class are popular, as they contain a shoe bag, toothbrush, toothpaste, an eye mask and earplugs.

Passengers must depart between Jan. 3 and Feb. 28 and end their travel by March 10 in order for the special prices to be valid. SAS offers many destinations in Europe and was commended as the most on-time airline in Europe three years in a row.

Prices may change depending on the exchange rate. Also, there is a limit to the number of seats available. For details, visit www.flysas.co.jp .

Code share expanded

Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia Airlines have announced they have expanded the code-sharing deal between them for flights to and from Australia, Asia and Europe.

The expansion began applying to every Virgin Australia Airways flights within Australia on Nov. 20, enabling Singapore Airlines passengers to travel to 32 cities in the country. Also in a few months, the two companies are planning to expand code-sharing for flights from Australia to New Zealand.

In the first quarter next year, code-sharing will further expand to round-trip flights from the Australian east coast to Europe and Asia, via Singapore.

Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia Airways entered a comprehensive alliance in 2011, which includes code-sharing, combined mileage services and mutual use of lounges.

For more information, visit www.singaporeair.com .

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